Monday, May 10, 2010

"Emma" by Jane Austen

I finished Jane Austen's book Emma in the last week. It took me a while to read because it was the book that I would pick up between other books, or when I was on the go and didn't have the book I was currently reading at hand since it is on my Kindle for iPhone.

Like Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Emma is quite good. It was a little slow at times, but I think that that's just part of the story: there isn't a lot of action in it, unlike most novels that are written these days. Rather, time moves at a steady pace, and between the times of excitement there are (sometimes long) periods of relative quiet and peace.

I did find the main character, Emma, to be something of a spoiled rotten stuck up brat. But unlike every other book where I have disliked the main character, her personality did not cause me to dislike the book. Rather, it was quite interesting to watch how this great lady (because she is of rather high birth) was treated in society, and how society treated her. To see through her eyes is a glimpse into the past, and at the same time somewhat like reading about a bad high school clique.

This is a very good book, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind when things get a little dull at times. Just remember, things will become very interesting when you get past the calm parts of the book!

2 comments:

Shalet Jimmy said...

I love the way you have reviewed the book. Nothing complicated. I will be in touch. I have not read any of her book though I have her collections. You are right there is a slow pace. I'll try to read. I think I will start with Sense and Sensibility, I have seen the movie. Recently I have read Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. I loved it.

Sarita Rucker said...

I haven't read either of those books, but they're on my to-read list. :)

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